ban·​tam·​weight ˈban-təm-ˌwāt How to pronounce bantamweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs compare featherweight, flyweight

Examples of bantamweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each time bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling raised the microphone to speak at Thursday’s UFC 292 press conference, boos rained down from the TD Garden crowd. Cam Kerry,, 18 Aug. 2023 Sterling, a Long Island, New York native, is trying to successfully defend the bantamweight championship for a record third time pretty much in his backyard at the Prudential Center. Dan Gelston, ajc, 5 May 2023 As the days moved closer to their bantamweight title bout, hostilities finally started to flare much more than their awkward docile exchange earlier in the week inside a New Jersey hotel. Dan Gelston, ajc, 5 May 2023 The pay-per-view — starting at 10 p.m. — is headlined by a pair of title fights, with Zhang Weili defending her strawweight belt in the co-main before Sean O’Malley challenges Aljamain Sterling for the men’s bantamweight title in the evening’s main event. Amin Touri,, 19 Aug. 2023 Ayala knocked off then-undefeated Tapia to win the WBA bantamweight title in 1999. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 27 July 2023 Another former bantamweight titleholder, Cody Garbrandt (13-5), will take on Mario Bautista (12-2). Andrew Mahoney,, 23 June 2023 Cejudo, 36, faces Aljamain Sterling (22-3) for the bantamweight (135-pound) title in the main event. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2023 The women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana headlines the card. Mark Inabinett |, al, 10 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bantamweight was in 1884

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“Bantamweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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ban·​tam·​weight -ˌwāt How to pronounce bantamweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of about 118 pounds

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